|Brian Ellis '11 led Bates' second-half comeback with 15 points and 10 rebounds.|
KEENE, N.H. -- The Bates College men's basketball team overcame red-hot shooting by SUNY Cobleskill and rallied back from a 20-point halftime deficit to post a 65-64 win Saturday in the consolation game of the Keene State Tipoff Tournament.
The Bobcats (1-1) trailed by 20 to begin the second half, but chipped away throughout the period. Behind 49-30, Bates went on an 18-4 run to get the lead down to three (53-50) on a layup by junior Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) with six minutes to play. , finally taking their first lead since 7-6 when senior Marshall Hatch (Chicago, Ill.) drained a three-pointer to make it 57-56 Bates with 2:10 left in the game. The Bobcats finished the game with an 8-3 spurt over the final 2:10, as senior Chris Wilson (Brewer, Maine) assisted on back-to-back layups by juniors Alex Gallant (Bangor, Maine) and Ellis and also hit a foul shot that made it 65-61 with 15 seconds left. Cobleskill's Andrei Lucas hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to narrow the final score to 65-64.
Bates outscored Cobleskill 40-21 in the second half, including a 21-1 advantage in points off turnovers.
Ellis led the charge in the decisive period, scoring a whopping 15 of his 17 points and grabbing 10 of his 11 rebounds in the game. Wilson scored eight of his 16 points and had all three of his assists in the period, while sophomore Kyle Philbrook (Auburn, Maine) had four of his five assists and all four of his steals in the period.
Lucas led Cobleskill (0-4) with 22 points while Damon Franklin and Craig Orner added 19 and 13, respectively.
Gallant contributed his second straight solid game off the bench with nine points and seven boards, as did junior Nick Schmiemann (Weymouth, Mass.), who added nine points on 3-of-4 shooting.
Ellis was named to the All-Tournament team.